The heart needs oxygen-rich blood to function. The coronary arteries are a network of blood vessels that run along the outer surface of the heart. There are two main coronary blood vessels that branch off into smaller blood vessels, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle.
Coronary artery disease develops when the coronary arteries become very narrow due to a build-up of fatty deposits called plaque on their inner walls. Plaque can clog the artery or disrupt its function, restricting blood flow to the heart. Our Heart Specialist in Fairfax understands this condition and what can be done about it.
When the heart muscle cannot get the blood it needs, you may have chest pain (angina) or even a heart attack. Coronary artery disease can also weaken the heart muscle, leading to heart failure or arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).